In a move that has shocked the globe, controversial pop star Lady Gaga has announced her intention to run for the Presidency of the USA in the 2012 elections.
The singer (real name Stefani Germanotta) announced the shock decision yesterday, and it has taken the world by storm.
The news comes after it transpired that Lady Gaga's Facebook page had overtaken Barack Obama's in terms of numbers of fans, and it appears that this has caused numerous people across the globe to rise up in their support of Miss Gaga.
It is as yet unknown as to which party she will be running with, the idea of the Democrats nominating anyone other than current President Barack Obama as their candidate seems hugely unlikely, and the singer's pro-gay stance will certainly alienate many Republicans. However, many pundits believe that she will both create and run for a third party, hoping to snare voters disillusioned with mainstream parties in America.
The Gaga camp is now in full electoral mode, despite the elections being over two years away still. Sponsors for the campaign are growing by the day, and merchandisers have already started churning out bumper stickers, humourous t-shirts and risque pictures of the singer posing against an American flag. With the level of organisation being shown here, it seems that the other candidates for the 2012 election will have quite a fight on their hands.
"She could certainly do it," says expert Cal Breety, "She's got the support, she's got the determination, she could sweep to power easily. Sure, it's hard for a third party candidate to get anywhere, but when that candidate is a style icon like Lady Gaga, that shouldn't be a problem."
The Obama Administration seems surprised by the development, but unworried.
"She's a popular woman, but ready for President? I don't think so," says one spokesman, "Mr Obama is clearly more suited. You can be sure that if he woke up in a club, he'd remember its name, which is more than she ever could."
It is unknown whether the President is a fan of Lady Gaga's music.